Since the last time I posted, I received my lodgings* information and my visa. Both of these were big things I have been waiting on. Now that I have them, along with my round-trip plane ticket, I can be sure I have all of the big pieces in place. I have been nervous because my visa information was sent back to me a couple weeks ago because I forgot to attach a passport size photo to my application. But, now it has been approved and returned to me, so all I have left to get together are the last minute things – international SIM card, bedding, luggage, and stuff like that. I also have to remember to cancel my classes at Tech so I do not get charged double.
Now that all of the big pieces have fallen into place, I simply cannot wait until September 12th!!
*Note: Lodgings are like a combination of a homestay and an apartment at Kingston University. You get your own room and access to the kitchen in a local’s house, but you live separately from the family. I wanted to stay in the dorms, but you can only do that if you study at KU for an entire year. Since I will only be there for one semester, I had the option of staying in lodgings or finding my own apartment. KU sets up lodgings for you and they are reasonably priced, so I decided to take the easier route and stay in lodgings. I am happy I did this because I will be living fairly close to campus alongside other international students (including two American students that will be living at the same residence as me).